Check out the new collections available this month at the Kentucky Historical Society’s Martin F. Schmidt Library!
Ancestors of Richard Gretna Cobbs: family tree, FF1.220
Surnames include: Cobbs, Coleman, Bedford, Bedinger, Keene, Clay, Edwards, Povall, Flippen, Ligon, Green, Gordon, Rice, Overstreet, Jeter, Bell, Rice, Gwatkin, Calloway. Places include: Denton, TX; Green County, MO; Bourbon County, KY; Shepherdstown, WV; Blue Licks, KY; Cumberland County, VA; Bristol Parish, VA; Lancaster County, VA; Harrison County, KY; Bedford County, VA; Scotland; Caroline County, VA. Pedigree chart for the Cobbs and Coleman Families from 1730-1941. Notes in the upper left hand corner: "W. Macfarlane Jones - Richmond, Gen. Bureau of VA (Granville B. Coleman), Rev. Tivyman Wmd, Hampden Sydney College, VA." Find our more!
Kentucky Civil Defense Family and Home Survival Kit, SC 1328
Packet sent to Kentuckians from the Office of Civil Defense, ca. 1960. Envelope contains six pamphlets with instructions on how to build a bomb shelter, survive a nuclear attack, fight fires, sanitation, home protection, and a handbook for emergencies. Instructions for a air raids are featured on the back of the envelope. This envelope was received by Ralph Knoebber. After receiving the packet, he began to alter his basement following the instructions but never finished. Find out more!
Freeland Culley ambrotype photograph, SC 1247
Portrait of Freeland Culley, who served with Company C of the 2nd Kentucky Volunteer Regiment, mounted infantry during the Civil War. Freeland Culley served with Company C of the 2nd Kentucky Volunteer Regiment, mounted infantry during the Civil War. The 2nd Kentucky Infantry was organized in August 1861, at Camp Boone in Montgomery County, Tennessee, and became part of the Orphan Brigade. The men were recruited from Hickman, Fayette, Bullitt, Jefferson, Graves, Franklin, Harrison, Scott, Owen, Bourbon, and Anderson counties. In October of that same year, the regiment contained 832 men and, at the Battle of Fort Donelson, its force of 618 was captured. After being exchanged, the reconstituted regiment saw action at the Battle of Shiloh. It later was assigned to Hanson's, Helm's, and J.H. Lewis' Brigade. The 2nd Kentucky Infantry was involved in the battles of Murfreesboro and Chickamauga. It reported 13 killed, 70 wounded, and 21 missing at Murfreesboro, lost fifty-two percent of the 302 engaged at Chickamauga, and totaled 293 men and 214 arms in December 1863. The following summer, the regiment participated in the Atlanta Campaign. During fall 1864, the unit served as mounted infantry and took part in the defense of Savannah and the subsequent Carolinas Campaign in early 1865. On April 26, 1865, it surrendered with the Army of Tennessee at Washington, Georgia. Culley was from Hardin County, Kentucky. Find out more!
Fall family papers, MSS 4
These are the personal papers of prominent minister Philip Slater Fall and his family, including wife Anne Bacon Fall, children Elizabeth, Catherine, Caroline, William and Albert Bacon Fall. The bulk of the collection consists of the letters of Philip and Anne Fall to each other and to their children. These letters discuss family news, Fall’s work, and other items of general interest. Of particular significance are Fall's letters home from England during his 1851 visit, and his letter to his children describing the brief military service and death on the battlefield of his son, Albert, in 1862. Incoming correspondence includes discussions of business and financial matters by relatives and associates, invitations to teach, and letters concerning arrangements for Falls English tour. There are also two letters concerning the history of the formation of the Disciples of Christ and dissension within the group. The collection includes letters by Charlotte Fanning, Fall’s sister, and her husband, Tolbert, both prominent Tennessee educators. Correspondence of Elizabeth (Bettie) Fall Taylor, her daughter Jouett Taylor Cannon, and other members of their immediate families constitute a substantial portion of the letters. Other items in the collection include a letter by George Fall, an ancestor of Philip, written during his apprenticeship in Fareham, England, in 1748; two letters of a family nature written by Philip’s grandson, Albert Bacon Fall, who was later Secretary of the Interior in the administration of Warren G. Harding and was convicted for his role in the Teapot Dome scandal; a number of letters from C. I. Lewis, Philip Fall's nephew, when he was a naval officer in the 1870s on a ship that traveled to Spain, Portugal, and Brazil; and a number of Civil War-era letters written by Confederate soldier Albert Boult Fall before his death in 1862. The collection includes manuscripts of sermons written by Rev. Fall and a 13-page typescript relating to the history of the Fall family in England and America. Find out more!
For over 100 years, the Martin F. Schmidt Library and Special Collections has collected research materials which document the people, places and events in Kentucky’s history. The library’s resources include manuscripts, microfilm, county records, maps, published genealogies, oral histories, photographs, land records, and rare books. Discover more about our collections by checking out our Digital Collections and Library Catalogs! The Kentucky Historical Society is open to the public Wednesdays 10-4; Thursday 10-8; Friday 10-5; Saturday 10-5.